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Hands on Heritage

The Hands On Heritage project will create a series of experimental archaeology reconstructed buildings, structures and artefacts. These will include buildings representing differing styles of construction from the Iron Age, Romano-British and Anglo-Saxon periods. Each of the buildings will perform a slightly different role and demonstrate varying aspects of the local heritage. In addition there will be three prehistoric logboats and the creation of replica wooden prehistoric wooden trackways and a prehistoric wetland ritual area.

The site of the buildings will be on the former Peat Moors Centre and they will be used for public participation events, education and training. The long-term aim is to transfer the operation and management of these to a local ‘friends of’ Trust. A threshold structure will be created to delineate the area and provide a venue for interpretive displays and the Bulleid and Gray Hut will be renovated and have new interpretation created to tell the story of the discovery and relevance of the buried pre-historic lake villages.

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Sharing the Avalon Marshes

Much of the work of the staff employed through the Landscape Partnership scheme involves outreach to schools and at local events. There are also a number of key local, national and internationally renowned events held within 20 miles of the Avalon Marshes and a representative presence at these would be a huge advantage. This project will provide mobile equipment, interpretation and engagement tools to assist these aims.

Interpreting landscape change in the Avalon Marshes

Engaging local students in the development and production of interpretation, education and community engagement materials based on climate change and socio-economic research commissioned by the Brue Valley Living Landscape project.

Wetland Festival

An annual celebratory Wetland Festival as part of a wider Community Wetland Arts Programme, involving local people and partner organisations to highlight and celebrate the best of the Avalon Marshes including guided walks and cycle tours, log boat races, local food festival and family nestbox building workshops amongst others.

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Wetland Stories

Engaging local schools to produce theatre and to develop stories, exploring the wetland heritage and through which to develop a greater appreciation for the cultural and natural landscape in which they live. A wider aim is to engage the families of the school children involved with the work of the partnership and the activities of the Avalon Marshes Wetland Centre and to develop their appreciation for the cultural and natural landscape.

Sights and Sounds of the Marshes

Sights and Sounds of the Marshes will include audio and visual diaries to encapsulate life in the Avalon Marshes

Wetland Wildlife Garden

To create a meaningful activity for volunteers, including youth volunteers, developing an education resource for schools and the general public so they can learn about creating a wetland wildlife garden.

Images of Avalon

Creating separate photographic and arts competitions to be developed and displayed in the Parishes with a collective display at the Avalon Marshes Craft Centre and on the Avalon Marshes website, coinciding with Somerset Art Weeks. The competition will celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of the Landscape Partnership areas.

Additional work with local people will aim to gather archive photos to form an Avalon Marshes partnership publication.

Enabling Volunteers

Developing specific activities which will include a volunteer leaders programme, enabling volunteers to enhance their leadership skills to a level whereby they can lead tasks, or manage volunteer projects. This will be defined and led by the Volunteer Development Officer.

Avalon Marshes Youth Volunteer Programme

This is an environmental project in the Avalon Marshes which will bring more young people and young adults into contact with their local natural landscapes, actively to conserve them for the future, to their own benefit and that of visitors and of the landscape and its wildlife.

Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership
Avalon Marshes Centre, Shapwick Road, Westhay, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9TT
   01458 860556

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